Backlit is working very hard on an innovative and high profile project we would like you to be involved in!We are very excited to tell you that we are taking part in a national competition called connect 10 hosted by Culture 24.
Vote for Backlit here.
What is Connect 10?
Connect10 is a chance for venues to work with a contemporary artist, perhaps for the first time; use the experience of a competition to reach out to new audiences; develop their experiential event skills and create a legacy that will endure beyond the night of the event.
The Connect10 competition goes live to a public vote at Noon on Tuesday 19th February 2013. At this point the public will be able to vote in any of ten polls for each artist to go to one venue. In the meantime we hope you will support Backlit and emerging artists in Nottingham by driving as many people a possible to vote for Backlit on the connect 10 website.
Backlit Connect 10 – Mat Collishaw – Nottingham
As an established artist, originally from Nottingham, Backlit would like to invite Mat Collishaw back to the city to reconnect with local audiences, and its burgeoning art scene. Backlit has strong affiliation from Nottingham Trent University (formerly Trent Polytechnic) where Collishaw graduated from in 1986 and would like to encourage Nottingham undergraduates/ graduates to be ambitious.
We would like to invite students from affiliated partner organisations to work alongside Mat and to create a legacy for the emerging artists of Nottingham. By displaying works by an artist such as Collishaw, and presenting the experimental side of his practice, the project will unveil the mystery behind artistic success and has immense value as a learning tool for not only the organisation but also the wider arts ecology.
Mat Collishaw’s Connect 10 offer:
Mat Collishaw would like to offer visitors at Backlit to help prepare and make some of his work, in order to get a deeper understanding of his practice and the motives behind what he makes and how he makes it. These technical practices might include the flattening of the butterflies for his insecticide works or helping him create some of his spinning zoetropes and will be accompanied by informal discussion and guidance from himself and his studio assistants. Collishaws Connect 10 offer is complementary to Backlits agenda of supporting peer to peer discussion, for emerging artists and experimentation in practice.
Backlit wishes to use every means available to galvanise as many people as possible to vote for Backlit as a venue. Including local TV, radio and newspaper exposure; digital marketing through Twitter and Facebook; venue e-newsletters and website profile and posters and leaflets designed for inside and outside the venue. This would be a great chance to promote the thriving artist scene in Nottingham.
The polling will be conducted in ten identical widgets specially designed for this competition. The voter will be able to choose the venue of their choice and once submitted see the latest poll status expressed in a percentage of the total votes cast.
Competing venues in the running are – Anglican Cathedral (Liverpool), Landhydrock House (Bodmin) and Northern Print (Newcastle). For more information on the competition and other competing venues please go to;
To Vote for Backlit, please click here -
1. Museums at Night is the annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events. It takes place over the weekend of Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 May 2013. www.museumsatnight.org.uk
2. Culture24 is a non-profit cultural publishing organisation supporting arts and heritage venues to reach audiences across digital platforms. We are the official cultural data provider to the BBC. We collect and share cultural data, publish websites, run the national Museums at Night campaign and lead action research projects. www.WeAreCulture24.org.uk
The Connect10 competition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.